UCLA Hosts Oregon State Thursday In Women's Basketball
Dec. 21, 2005
Bruins Continue Conference Play Thursday -- The UCLA women's basketball team (6-4, 1-0) hosts Oregon State (6-2, 0-1) on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 7 pm before breaking for the holidays. The Bruins opened conference play with an 82-63 win over Oregon on Tuesday. The Beavers dropped a 72-62 decision at USC.
On Air -- All of UCLA's games in 2005-06 will be audio broadcast live on UCLA All-Access via UCLABruins.com. Play-by-play announcer Dave Marcus will begin coverage with The Bruins Countdown Show starting five minutes before the hour. The game against Oregon State will be radio broadcast live in LA on 690am.
In addition, the Bruins' next six home games will be available on live streaming video on UCLA All-Access via UCLABruins.com. The subscription fee for UCLA All-Access is $6.95/month.
UCLA Hosts Toy Drive -- The Bruins are sponsoring a toy drive to benefit the Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA. Fans who bring a new and unwrapped toy to the UCLA women's basketball game on Thursday, Dec. 22 will receive a free general admission ticket. Toys will be collected at Gate 1 and upper Gate 2.
Where UCLA Ranks Nationally -- In this week's national stats, UCLA ranked in the Top 20 in three statistical categories - scoring average (6th - 82.8), field goal percentage (16th - .472) and three-point field goal percentage (14th - .408). Lisa Willis ranked 20th in scoring (20.3) and T-24th in steals (3.2).
About Oregon State -- The Beavers, under first-year head coach LaVonda Wagner, had a three-game winning streak snapped at USC on Tuesday. Their other loss this season was at Utah (62-53). Senior forward Kim Butler is the second-leading scorer in the Pac-10 at 18.0 ppg. Sophomore forward Tiffany Ducker is fourth in the Pac-10 in rebounding at 7.5 pre contest. Senior guard Mandy Close is second in the conference in assists at 5.25 per game. The Beavers rank second in the Pac-10 in both scoring defense (52.4 ppg) and shooting percentage (.330).
The Series With Oregon State -- UCLA leads the series, which dates back to 1976, by a margin of 29-16 and captured both meetings last season. UCLA posted a 74-54 win at Corvallis on Jan. 29 and a 73-45 win in Pauley on Jan. 2.
In the UCLA home game, Noelle Quinn scored a team-high 20 points and Lisa Willis became the all-time school leader in made three-point shots. UCLA led 27-18 at the half and broke away in the second half. OSU hit just 1 of 23 three-point shots attempts in the contest. In the meeting in Corvallis, Nikki Blue led the way with 17 points and 10 assists. OSU jumped out to a 10-2 lead before UCLA roared back. The Bruins took the lead with about eight minutes left in the half and outscored the Beavers 21-6 to end the first half with a 35-20 lead.
By The Numbers -- In UCLA's four losses this year, the Bruins lost by a combined total of 26 points (6.5 average). Their combined margin of victory in the six wins is 145 points (24.2 points per game) ... UCLA's starters are shooting a combined 49.0% (251-512) from the field, 41.7% (43-103) from the three-point line and 76.3% (122-160) from the free throw line ... With 10 points against Pepperdine two weeks ago, Nikki Blue became only the 10th UCLA woman to score over 1,500 career points (she now has 1,534) ... Blue moved into UCLA's all-time Top 5 for career assists with 469 and needs one more assist to move into fourth place ... Lisa Willis moved into a tie for fifth on the Pac-10 career charts with 208 three-point shots made ... She also moved into third on the Pac-10 career steals list with 292. She needs 12 more to tie for second and 18 more to become the Pac-10 leader ... Blue moved into a tie for sixth on the Pac-10 career steals chart with 280 ... Both Blue and Ortal Oren have hit 4-4 three-point shots in their last four games ... Chinyere Ibekwe is shooting 7-for-8 from the field in her last two games.
Dec. 20 - Bruins Open Pac-10 Play With Win Over Oregon - UCLA opened Pac-10 play with an 82-63 win over Oregon. The Bruins opened up a 13-point first half lead but saw the Ducks close to within 37-31 at the half. After Oregon had taken a 45-44 lead with 15 minutes to play, UCLA went on a 12-0 run to help break the game open. Noelle Quinn led a balanced Bruin attack with 16 points. Nikki Blue added 15 and handed out nine assists.
Dec. 17 - Gauchos Come Back To Defeat UCLA In OT -- UC Santa Barbara overcame a 16-point second-half deficit to send the game into overtime on a Jessica Wilson driving layup just ahead of the buzzer. In the overtime, the Gauchos outscored the Bruins, 16-7, with Wilson scoring 11 of the 16 Gaucho points. Lisa Willis led all players with 28 points for the Bruins, who were playing without starting forward Amanda Livingston, who did not suit up due to flu-like symptoms.
Blue, Willis Up For Senior CLASS Award -- Senior guards Nikki Blue and Lisa Willis are amongst 30 players up for the 2005-06 Bayer Advantage Senior CLASS Award. The award is given annually to the nation's senior player-of-the-year for NCAA Division I men's and women's basketball.
Trebilcock To Transfer - UCLA announced Nov. 30 that guard Ashlee Trebilcock had been granted her release, which would allow her to transfer at the end of the 2005 Fall quarter. She had appeared in all four Bruin games to date and was averaging 17.8 minutes, 3.5 points and 1.8 rebounds.
What's Returning ? -- 99% of the total field goals made; 100% of the games started; 99% of the minutes played; 98% of the rebounds pulled down; 100% of the three-point field goals made; 99% of the assists handed out; 100% of the steals made; 98% of the blocked shots made.
Blue, Quinn Garner Pre-Season Honors -- Nikki Blue was selected to the first team and Noelle Quinn to the third team by the Women's Basketball News Service. Blue was selected as one of 25 candidates for the State Farm Wade Trophy for Division IA Player of the Year. Blue and Quinn were among 30 players chosen to the pre-season Wooden Award watch list. Blue (third time) and Quinn (second time) were also selected to the pre-season All-Pac-10 team.
Pre-Season Prognosticators -- The Bruins were picked No. 16 by the Lindy's Magazine, No. 21 by ESPN.com and No. 22 by the Women's Basketball News Service. In the pre-season Pac-10 polls, the media picked the Bruins to finish second with two first-place votes, and the coaches selected UCLA to finish fourth.
The Triple Threat -- Coach Kathy Olivier returns one of the nation's finest backcourts with its 'Triple Threat' of Blue, Quinn and Willis. The threesome combined to average 50.2 points, 19.0 rebounds, 10.5 steals and 11.9 assists a game in 2004-05. Blue and Willis ranked fourth and fifth in the Pac-10 in scoring last season. Quinn was on track to join them until she was sidelined by a knee injury in mid-January. The pair ranked first and second in the conference in steals. Willis ranked sixth in the nation in steals and Blue checked in at 11th. Willis ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 in three-point field goals made and tied for 25th in the nation. Blue was second in the conference in assists and 12th in the nation in that category. Quinn, who had been selected Pac-10 Player of the Week three times earlier in 2004-05, saw her season end early when she landed awkwardly on her knee while driving the lane for a shot against Arizona. She underwent arthroscopic surgery on her left knee a few days later and sat out the remainder of the year. The Bruins went 5-7 the rest of the way. This season, the Triple Threat is as strong as ever, averaging a combined 50.5 points, 19.0 rebounds and 12.3 assists per game while shooting 48.9% from the field.
Willis Wins Gold -- Lisa Willis, the school's all-time three-point shot leader, earned a gold medal as a member of the USA team at the World University Games in Izmir, Turkey this past summer. Willis totaled 13 points, including three three-pointers in the gold medal game against Serbia-Montenegro. She also had 13 points and grabbed five rebounds in the semifinal win over Russia. Willis scored eight points in the quarterfinal round win over Taiwan. She totaled eight points and five steals in a win over China. The senior had eight points in the opening round win over the Czech Republic.
Bruins Enjoy Summer in Australia -- The Bruins spent June 24-July 2 in Australia and went 3-1 on its tour. Noelle Quinn and Lisa Willis each scored 22 points to lead the way for the Bruins in a 87-57 win over Sutherland. Willis scored 34 points in the overtime win against the Junior National team. Willis had 21, Lindsey Pluimer added 19 and Quinn totaled 16 in a 83-70 win over Bankstown. Quinn led the Bruins with 27 points in a 81-72 loss to Townsville. Willis and Quinn each averaged 20-plus points per game in Australia, with Willis leading the way with a 22.5 ppg average. Quinn averaged 20.5 ppg.